Votes are now open for this year’s National Lottery Awards, the search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. Six projects in Scotland, which have received either Big Lottery Fund or National Lottery Awards for All funding, have beaten off stiff competition from more than 1,300 organisations to reach the public voting stage, which is open until midnight on 27 July 2017.
The winners of the seven award categories will each get a £5,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attendance at a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One in September.
Thanks to National Lottery players, all six shortlisted projects are making a huge difference in their communities, but who will you vote for?
Bravehound, competing in the Best Voluntary/Charity Project category, is a charity that matches dogs with veterans, helping them return to civilian life, particularly supporting those with post-traumatic stress disorder. Vote for Bravehound.
Social Bite, also up for a Best Voluntary/Charity Project award, has outlets in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. It’s a sandwich shop with a difference – every penny it makes in profit is ploughed back into supporting homeless people and tackling social problems. Vote for Social Bite.
Vintage Vibes, also in the running for a Best Voluntary/Charity Project category, is based in Edinburgh and aims to create genuine, lasting relationships between lonely over-60s and volunteers through creating one to one friendships. Vote for Vintage Vibes.
Auld Reekie Roller Girls, competing in the Best Sports Project Category, are a not-for-profit, grassroots, flat track roller derby team in Edinburgh. As well as being high-octane, competitive and fun, roller derby is also an accessible sport for women regardless of background. Vote for Auld Reekie Roller Girls.
Granite City Guerrillas, also competing in the Best Sports Project Category, is based in Aberdeen and uses dodgeball to encourage the local community to come together for good and for people of all ages, abilities, gender, employment status and personal financial circumstances to stay healthy and feel empowered to make a difference. Vote for Granite City Guerrillas.
The Scottish Drug Forum’s Addiction Worker Training Project, in the running for Best Health Project, is a unique initiative which supports, trains, and provides paid work experience in the social care and addiction field to individuals with a history of drug and alcohol problems. Vote for the Addiction Worker Training Project.
Find out more about other shortlisted projects by visiting The National Lottery Awards website. To follow the campaign on twitter follow hashtag #NLAwards.
Good luck to all of the finalists!